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Know Your Suffixes: -cian

In this worksheet, students practise identifying and spelling words ending in the suffix -cian.

'Know Your Suffixes: -cian' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Spelling: Prefixes & Suffixes

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Several different suffixes make the sound shun.

For example:

extension    fiction    magician

 

The suffix cian is common when the root word ends in 'c'. A lot of these words relate to people's occupations.

For example:

someone who plays or writes music for a living = musician

Choose the correct spelling of the word that matches the description below.

 

A person who works with electricity

electrition

electrician

Choose the correct spelling of the word that matches the description below.

 

A person who works in politics

politician

politition

Choose the correct spelling of the word that matches the description below.

 

A person who is good at mathematics

mathematician

mathematition

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

optic

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

statistic

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

direct

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

paediatric

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

educate

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

tactic

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

operate

  • Question 1

Choose the correct spelling of the word that matches the description below.

 

A person who works with electricity

CORRECT ANSWER
electrician
  • Question 2

Choose the correct spelling of the word that matches the description below.

 

A person who works in politics

CORRECT ANSWER
politician
  • Question 3

Choose the correct spelling of the word that matches the description below.

 

A person who is good at mathematics

CORRECT ANSWER
mathematician
  • Question 4

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

optic

CORRECT ANSWER
optician
EDDIE SAYS
The word \'optic\' comes from the Greek word for \'seeing\', so an optician looks after people\'s eyes.
  • Question 5

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

statistic

CORRECT ANSWER
statistician
  • Question 6

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

direct

CORRECT ANSWER
direction
  • Question 7

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

paediatric

CORRECT ANSWER
paediatrician
EDDIE SAYS
The word \'paediatric\' comes from the Greek word for \'children\', so a paediatrician is a children\'s doctor.
  • Question 8

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

educate

CORRECT ANSWER
education
  • Question 9

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

tactic

CORRECT ANSWER
tactician
  • Question 10

Add the suffix cian or tion to the following base word.

(Think about whether the base word ends in c or not!)

 

operate

CORRECT ANSWER
operation
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